|Name||Peggy A. Lautenschlager|
|Address||252 Sheboygan St. |
Fond du Lac, Wisconsin , United States
|| November 22, 1955
|Died||March 31, 2018
|Last Modifed||Mr. Matt|
Sep 10, 2020 08:25am
|Info||Peggy A. Lautenschlager of Fond du Lac was elected Attorney General of Wisconsin in 2002. The first woman ever to hold this office, she leads the Department of Justice and its major divisions and offices, including the Divisions of Criminal Investigation and Drug Enforcement, the Division of Legal Services, the Division of Management Services, the Division of Law Enforcement and the Office of Crime Victim Services. |
To keep Wisconsin families safe and our communities secure, Attorney General Lautenschlager directs the services of State Department of Justice and its divisions in several ongoing major responsibilities: to represent the legal interests of the State and our citizens in the judicial process; to provide support and education in partnership with local law enforcement; to investigate and fight crime and narcotics at the state and local levels; to ensure the rights of crime victims; to protect the public in matters of consumer protection, environmental protection and Medicaid fraud, among other services in the public interest.
Until April of 2001, Lautenschlager served as United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin. She was the chief federal law enforcement officer for the state’s westernmost 44 counties. During her almost eight-year tenure, she was responsible for the prosecution of federal criminal actions and litigation of civil matters involving the federal government.
In 1996, Lautenschlager was appointed by Janet Reno to serve on the 15-member Attorney General’s Advisory Committee. As a member of the committee, Lautenschlager met regularly with Reno and other high ranking Justice Department officials regarding various department issues. She was the first Wisconsinite ever selected to serve on the prestigious committee.
Lautenschlager served in the Wisconsin Assembly from 1989 to 1993 representing the Fond du Lac area. She chaired the Assembly Select Committee on Drug Enforcement, Education, and Treatment and Subcommittee on Corrections Systems Concerns. She also served on the Committees on Criminal Justice, Elections and Constitutional Law, Environmental Resources, Utilities and Mining, Natural Resources, Judiciary, and Education. She served as Vice-chair of Legislative Counsel Committees on Drug Enforcement and Review of Sexual Assault Laws.
From July 1985 to December 1988, Lautenschlager was District Attorney for Winnebago County. Prior to her service as D.A., she was an attorney in private practice in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, specializing in family and domestic abuse law. She has also served as a member of the adjunct faculties of the University of Wisconsin Law School, University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh, and Ripon College, and served as interim circuit court commissioner of Winnebago County.
Lautenschlager is a former member of the Wisconsin State Elections Board, the Governor’s Council on Domestic Abuse and the Democratic National Committee. She was a Girl Scout troop leader and served as a member of the boards of directors for the Western Wisconsin Bar Association, Blandine House, Inc., the Oshkosh Area Big Brothers and Sisters, the Waubun Girl Scout Council, the Oshkosh Rape Crisis Center, and the Fond du Lac Morning Optimist Club. She is an Associate Member of the Wisconsin Association of Women Police.
Lautenschlager is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Lake Forest College (1977), honoring in history and mathematics. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin Law School in June 1980.
A native of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, Peg Lautenschlager is married to Bill Rippl, a retired police officer in the city of Neenah, Wisconsin. She has three children: Joshua, age 23, Ryan, age 19, and Rebecca, age 14, and two step-children, Jason, age 26, and Justin, age 21.